Beginning December 14, 2015, Friends Hospital will adopt a campus-wide, tobacco-free policy. This means that patients, visitors, employees and physicians are prohibited from using tobacco products anywhere inside or outside Friends Hospital. Friends Hospital will join numerous other hospitals across the nation that have become tobacco-free. This policy has been endorsed by health advocacy groups, including the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the American Cancer Society. It is intended to help Friends Hospital maintain the healthiest possible environment for patients, employees and visitors.
If you would like information on quitting or cutting back on tobacco-use you may call the tobacco quit line, 1-800-QUIT-NOW, where trained coaches can help through the quitting process. As a healthcare organization, our mission is to protect the health of those in our community while promoting and supporting a culture of healthy living. We appreciate your support as we implement this program.
Tobacco Free Resources
PA Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW) – Free smoking cessation services for all Pennsylvanians 24/7
Nicotine Anonymous (nicotine-anonymous.org, 1-877-TRY-NICA) – Self-help meetings based on the 12-Step model
Text2Quit (text2quit.com, text the word “QUIT” to 47848) – Free support via text message (text messaging rates may apply)
Become an Ex (becomeanex.org) – Free resources and planning tools
Smokefree.gov (smokefree.gov) – Clearinghouse of free resources for smokers looking to quit
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